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Tracking militarists’ efforts to influence U.S. foreign policy

Misreading Pakistan; Attacking Annapolis; Reinterpreting the Syria Airstrike; One Jerusalem, and mor

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The Neocons on Pakistan: Neat, Simple, and Dangerously Naïve
Analysis by Najum Mushtaq

Writers like Frederick Kagan, Michael O’Hanlon, Charles Krauthammer, and John Bolton have been wringing their hands over what to do about Pakistan, offering risible suggestions about how the U.S. military could intervene and naïvely arguing that the Pakistani military is a force for "Westernization" and stability. Failing to learn the lessons of the Reagan era, which saw the military fall under the influence of Islamists, these neoconservatives ignore the fact that under leaders like Gen. Pervez Musharraf minority extremists have gained prominence. Instituting democracy and a culture of civilian supremacy will take decades of uninterrupted electoral exercise and peaceful transitions of power. But the alternative to this—in the name of stability, antiterrorism, and nuclear safekeeping—would spell disaster for Pakistan as well as for global security. Read full story.

Attacking Annapolis
By Jim Lobe

In the run-up to this week’s Israeli-Palestinian peace talks in Annapolis, the regular suspects at outfits like AEI and Freedom’s Watch have criticized U.S. and Israeli leaders for supporting the talks. Read full story.

FEATURED PROFILES

One Jerusalem
Led by Natan Sharansky, Benjamin Netanyahu, and others, One Jerusalem, a Likud-aligned group based in New York City, has worked to push back Mideast peace proposals, including the recent Annapolis talks.

Dov Zakheim
Zakheim was an integral part of the team that shaped Bush administration foreign and defense policies; for three years as Pentagon Comptroller, he oversaw U.S. military spending during the early stages of the "war on terror."

Ahmed Chalabi
Chalabi, the infamous Iraqi exile close to neoconservatives who was accused of providing false intelligence about the regime of Saddam Hussein, has re-emerged as head of a key Iraqi government agency charged with providing services in Baghdad.

Thomas Donnelly
Donnelly, a fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, has argued since 9/11 that the greatest threat facing America and the world is what he terms "revolutionary Islam."

ALSO NEW ON RIGHT WEB

The Reality of the Raid
By Gareth Porter

The peculiar September Israeli air strike against Syria is now being recognized as a joint warning message to Iran from Israel and the United States. Read full story.

Not "What," Just "Who"
By Khody Akhavi

The political crisis in Pakistan has put a glaring spotlight on the Bush administration’s flawed strategies to combat nuclear weapons proliferation. Read full story.

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Update was slow, but still no lag in the editor window, and footnotes are intact.     This has been updated – Bernard Lewis, who passed away in May 2018, was a renowned British-American historian of Islam and the Middle East. A former British intelligence officer, Foreign Office staffer, and Princeton University professor, Lewis was…


Bernard Lewis was a renowned historian of Islam and the Middle East who stirred controversy with his often chauvinistic attitude towards the Muslim world and his associations with high-profile neoconservatives and foreign policy hawks.


John Bolton, the controversial former U.S. ambassador to the UN and dyed-in the-wool foreign policy hawk, is President Trump’s National Security Adviser McMaster, reflecting a sharp move to the hawkish extreme by the administration.


Michael Joyce, who passed away in 2006, was once described by neoconservative guru Irving Kristol as the “godfather of modern philanthropy.”


Mike Pompeo, the Trump administration’s second secretary of state, is a long time foreign policy hawk and has led the public charge for an aggressive policy toward Iran.


Max Boot, neoconservative military historian at the Council on Foreign Relations, on Trump and Russia: “At every turn Trump is undercutting the ‘get tough on Russia’ message because he just can’t help himself, he just loves Putin too much.”


Michael Flynn is a former Trump administration National Security Advisor who was forced to step down only weeks on the job because of his controversial contacts with Russian officials before Trump took office.


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Trump is not the problem. Think of him instead as a summons to address the real problem, which in a nation ostensibly of, by, and for the people is the collective responsibility of the people themselves. For Americans to shirk that responsibility further will almost surely pave the way for more Trumps — or someone worse — to come.


The United Nations has once again turn into a battleground between the United States and Iran, which are experiencing one of the darkest moments in their bilateral relations.


In many ways, Donald Trump’s bellicosity, his militarism, his hectoring cant about American exceptionalism and national greatness, his bullying of allies—all of it makes him not an opponent of neoconservatism but its apotheosis. Trump is a logical culmination of the Bush era as consolidated by Obama.


For the past few decades the vast majority of private security companies like Blackwater and DynCorp operating internationally have come from a relatively small number of countries: the United States, Great Britain and other European countries, and Russia. But that seeming monopoly is opening up to new players, like DeWe Group, China Security and Protection Group, and Huaxin Zhongan Group. What they all have in common is that they are from China.


The Trump administration’s massive sales of tanks, helicopters, and fighter aircraft are indeed a grim wonder of the modern world and never receive the attention they truly deserve. However, a potentially deadlier aspect of the U.S. weapons trade receives even less attention than the sale of big-ticket items: the export of firearms, ammunition, and related equipment.


Soon after a Saudi-led coalition strike on a bus killed 40 children on August 9, a CENTCOM spokesperson stated to Vox, “We may never know if the munition [used] was one that the U.S. sold to them.”


The West has dominated the post-war narrative with its doctrine of liberal values, arguing that not only were they right in themselves but that economic success itself depended on their application. Two developments have challenged those claims. The first was the West’s own betrayal of its principles: on too many occasions the self interest of the powerful, and disdain for the victims of collateral damage, has showed through. The second dates from more recently: the growth of Chinese capitalism owes nothing to a democratic system of government, let alone liberal values.


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